After the recent launches of The Flash and Green Arrow in their own titles, Titan Comics have just added Supergirl to their expanding line up of DC licensed British comics.
It's full title is actually DC Comics Showcase: Supergirl as the comic not only features Supergirl but also Batgirl and, from issue 2, Black Canary. The 76 page monthly presents Supergirl strips from 2011, which reintroduced the character to the DC universe, starting with her arrival on Earth.
The back-up strip featuring Batgirl begins with the recent revamp of the hero (reprinted from the US edition of Batgirl No.35). There's also a pull-out poster featuring Batgirl on one side and Supergirl on the other.
As the banner across the front cover makes obvious, this comic is hoping to capitalize on any success of the new Supergirl TV series on Sky 1. No doubt this was also the way Titan convinced the trade to stock the comic. These days, retailers expect comics to be related to a TV show, movie, toy, or game.
It's also clear that Titan are competing head to head with Panini UK now, with each company having seven superhero titles on the stands. (For the record, Panini have Mighty World of Marvel, Essential X-Men, Astonishing Spider-Man, Marvel Legends, Wolverine and Deadpool, Incredible Hulks, and Avengers Universe. Titan have Batman, The Flash, Batman Arkham, Supergirl, Green Arrow, Batman/Superman, and Justice League Trinity.)
|Some of the UK editions now available.|
You'll find the 14 superhero titles in WH Smith alongside the SF media mags such as SFX, Doctor Who Magazine, and MYM. While it's great to see so many comics in the shops, it's noticeable that WH Smith (the main stockists of these superhero comics) are not expanding their displays to accommodate them, so the shelves are becoming very crowded now.
DC Comics Showcase: Supergirl No.1 is out now, priced £3.50